Frequently Asked Questions
Who We Are
The East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit organization, founded in 1972, and authorized under the federal Older Americans Act and the Illinois Act on Aging to plan and administer services for older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers, and grandparents.
Our mission is to lead and advocate for inclusive resources and services that empower the optimal aging of East Central Illinois' diverse older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their care partners.
ECIAAA plans, coordinates, and advocates for the development of a comprehensive service delivery system for an estimated 184,000 persons 60 years of age and older, persons with disabilities, caregivers, grandparents and other relatives raising children in communities throughout the 16 counties of east central Illinois.
There are 622 Area Agencies on Aging in the United States, authorized by the federal Older Americans Act. ECIAAA is one of thirteen Area Agencies on Aging authorized by the Illinois Act on Aging and designated by the Illinois Department on Aging. ECIAAA serves Planning and Service Area 5.
ECIAAA is governed by a Corporate Board comprising up to 20 members representing 16 counties. The Corporate Board establishes policies and priorities and makes decisions about programs and funding.
ECIAAA is advised by an Advisory Council comprising up to 32 members, with a majority of members 60 years of age and older. The Advisory Council informs the Area Agency on Aging about the needs and preferences of older persons, persons with disabilities, caregivers, and grandparents, and provides advice on the Area Plan and senior services.
What We Do
ECIAAA plans, coordinates, and advocates for the development of opportunities and services to achieve outcomes which promote the health, strength, independence, dignity, and autonomy of older persons and persons with disabilities, and support families caring for older persons, and grandparents and other relatives raising children. Services include:
- Access Services
- Healthy Aging Programs
- In-Home Services
- Caregiver Support Programs
- Community Services
- Elder Rights Programs
Where We Serve
We serve the following counties: Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermilion
Demographic Characteristics and Trends in our Service Area